Commercial air travel is the safest transportation modality available to humanity today. It has achieved this enviable status by deploying thousands of professionals, including pilots, cabin crew, mechanics, dispatchers, and air traffic controllers to operate air vehicles, bringing them and their passengers safely from origin to destination while managing dangerous weather, other traffic and system failures for decades. The air transportation has been undergoing undeniable and continuous progress and modernization since its inception. We introduce Ariadne, a thread to accelerate the productivity gains achieved by air traffic services providers around the globe. Ariadne is an engineered version of the common sense practice of always keeping a "Plan B", and possibly "plans C, D, E, and F" against unexpected events when any decision is made by pilots, air traffic controllers, dispatchers, and any other safety-critical actor of the air transportation system. The name "Ariadne" was chosen to honor the mythical character Ariadne, daughter of Minos the king of Crete, who conceived the "Plan B" mechanism that would allow her lover to exit Daedalus’ Labyrinth after killing the Minotaur. Ariadne and its informal definition as "Plan B engineering" offer surprising opportunities and properties, including not only provable operations safety with unproven components, but also a thread that can inherently be scaled up and quickly adapt to new air traffic scenarios, including the transition to free flight and accommodation of unmanned aviation. It also supports existing operations and therefore it does not conflict with current air traffic control practices. Modern computational capabilities and powerful AI algorithms make its implementation increasingly feasible to address more aspects of air traffic management. Ariadne can be readily generalized to other contexts, such as Robotics and any safety-critical cyber-physical system.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||AIAA SciTech Forum 2022|
|Publisher||American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)|
|State||Published - 2022|
|Event||AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022 - San Diego, United States|
Duration: Jan 3 2022 → Jan 7 2022
|Name||AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022|
|Conference||AIAA Science and Technology Forum and Exposition, AIAA SciTech Forum 2022|
|Period||01/3/22 → 01/7/22|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors would like to thank Patrick Ky from EASA and the Reims ARTCC for their insights about managing loss-of-link incidents in Remotely Piloted Aerial Systems. This research was funded in part by the base fund of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
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ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Aerospace Engineering